Emmanuel Macron, President of the French Republic, responded for a little over two hours to questions from seven readers of the regional newspaper ‘The Parisian’. The antivacunas, the discourse of the extreme right, ecology and security were some of the topics addressed in the interview.
Macron’s statements, which he assured to want ‘annoy’ (annoy, annoy, bore) the unvaccinated against the coronavirus, have sparked controversy in France. “To the unvaccinated, I really want to screw you up. So we’re going to keep doing it.” until the end. That is the strategy,” declared the French head of state.
“Emmerder”, which can be translated as pestering, was the word chosen by Macron to speak of the unvaccinated at a delicate moment in which the government seeks, as of January 15, implement the vaccination pass, the French version of the covid passport, to enter all public places.
An expression that is being heavily criticized on social networks and to which Marine Le Pen, French far-right leader, has referred to as “a serious political and moral failure“.
Situation in France
The unvaccinated in France, assures the president, “are a very small minority that resists.” 78% of the total population has at least one dose of vaccine, a percentage that the authorities hope will increase with the implementation of the covid passport.
Currently, some five million “refractory”, as Macron calls them, continue to refuse to be vaccinated in France, where vaccination is already open to all ages from five years
“How do we cut them down? We cut them down, and I’m sorry to put it that way, screwing them up even more.”
“Every second, more than two French people are infected in our country”, affirmed the French Minister of Health, Olivier Véran, who pointed to vaccination as the most powerful weapon against this new variant that causes massive infections.
“I’m not going to put them in prison, I’m not going to force them to get vaccinated. So you have to tell them: from January 15, you will no longer be able to go to the restaurant, have a glass of wine, drink a coffee, go to the theater, go to the cinema,” says Macron.
“When my freedom threatens that of others, I become irresponsible. An irresponsible is no longer a citizen“. With these words he refers to the anti-vaccines whom he accuses of stressing the country. “In a democracy, the worst enemy is lies and stupidity“, sentence.